People who adopt orphans are awesome. I am not one of them. God has blessed me with two rockin’ kids that have quite literally saved my life at one time or another.
I am not without my struggles in life, but one hurdle God didn’t make me clear was fertility issues. Chris & I have spent a grand total of maybe ten weeks (both kids combined) attempting conception before success. Hate on me if you must.
God knows, if it had been a hurdle, I would have faceplanted like a contestant on Wipeout. We’re talking “scorpion” Wipeout, here, folks.
Because aside from fertility, my biochemistry (particularly in the arena of mental & emotional health) is not particularly awesome. Somehow, I’m feeling like shooting myself up with massive doses of hormones attempting to get preggers would have probably brought on some full-on crazy. Bad idea, people.
Adoption, the other white meat of family planning, requires:
(A) outstanding paperwork and administrative skillz,
(B) large sums of money to pay for things like attorneys and baby-mama healthcare and sometimes plane tickets and such like, and
(C) the patience of Job for dealing with bureaucracy.
None of which we have ever had in abundance, either.
So I have tremendous admiration for people who are willing to run the obstacle-course-from-hell to parenting that is adoption. And it just so happens that I have a couple of friends and acquaintances who either have run that obstacle course, or are currently bouncing over the Big Balls of Bureaucracy in progress.
- My friend Daryn has two adopted kiddos who are adorable. Being their mom lead her to a new vocation as a wellness coach. She also writes the Kids’ Corner for Southern Indiana Fitness Source magazine.
- Our friends the Marshalls just got the awesome news that their referral came in for a bouncing baby boy from Ethiopia. Check out their story (and maybe contribute a little to help).
- And our son’s former youth group leader, and fellow Sojourners the Coffey family are also in the seemingly-endless adoption queue. But they have the MOST AWESOME FUNDRAISING SOURCE EVAR: selling coffee. That’s right. You can get your buzz on, and help an orphan get a family at the same time.
Got a cool adoption story to share? Drop it like it’s hot (coffee) in the comments.